Radio Broadcasting License

Details

According to the ORDA Decision no. 12/2012, the U.P.F.R is named the collector of the remuneration due to the producers of phonograms for their broadcasting by the broadcasting organizations.

For direct or indirect use of phonograms of commerce, phonograms published for commercial purposes or reproductions by broadcasting, the broadcasters legal obligation is to pay a remuneration, to seek and to obtain from the Producers Union of Phonograms from Romania, the nonexclusive license.

The users are bound to request the license before starting to broadcast.

The UPFR license is valid for 1 year with the possibility of automatic extension, under the conditions:

  • in which neither party sends a Termination Notice;
  • the payment of the remuneration provided by the Methodology in force.

CAREFUL!!!

  1. Art. 6 of the Methodology indicated above no longer applies, the remuneration being exclusively percentage in relation to the provisions of art. III paragraph 4 of Law no. 69/2022 for the amendment and completion of Law no. 8/1996 and of art. 164 para. 2 of Law no. 8/1996 Rep. regarding copyright and related rights.
  2. From April 4, 2022, the previous penalty from the Methodologies below no longer applies, but a penalty equal to the legal interest. The level of the delay penalty provided by the methodologies was modified by art. 165 para. 91 of Law no. 8/1996 on copyright and related rights, amended by Law no. 69/2022, in force from 04.04.2022.

Also, UPFR mentions that all authorizations in force after April 4, 2022 will have the articles regarding the minimums repealed, the remuneration being exclusively percentage in relation to the provisions of art. III paragraph 4 of Law no. 69/2022 for the amendment and completion of Law no. 8/1996 and of art. 164 para. 2 of Law no. 8/1996 Rep. regarding copyright and related rights.

To use the music within the law, you must have licenses both from the collective societies representing the interests of composers, and from the collective management organizations representing the interests of Performing Artists, according to the regulations of the Law 8/1996 and the Romanian Copyright Office

Attention:
For online broadcasting services (through computer networks or the Internet) you must obtain another license: Non-exclusive license for the making available phonograms through the Internet, from the Internet license category (click here).

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The amount of the fee to obtain the radio license

The amount of remuneration for the station is determined according to the methodology in force, published in Official Gazette Nr.

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Procedure for obtaining the radio license

Complete the License Application (download form). Send the signed and stamped Application and a copy of each of the documents

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Specific regulations for Radio Broadcast

Methodology valid starting with 05.07.2011 Methodology regarding the remuneration owed to music interpreters or performers and music producers for broadcasting